Ty's graduation party was in the making. I had already created and delivered the invitations. I was also slowly collecting party favors, but what I really needed to be thinking about was what to serve for dessert. Plan A was to attempt to make graduation cap cake pops! But truth be told, Ty loathes chocolate, so I wasn't sure they would be a big hit for him. Since it was HIS party, I had to come up with plan B. I asked him what he would prefer and he said, "Whatever is easiest for you mom!" How sweet. I chose to make a cake, so I didn't listen to him. Cakes can be easy IF you make them ALL the time, but I don't. I decided to make a 3 dimensional, graduation cap, cake. I have taken several cake classes in the area. I knew I could do it, but the last time I made a cake, like this, was 3 years ago. I recall staying up to the weeeeeee hours of the morning and putting on the finishing touches hours before the party. THAT. WAS. NOT. FUN. SO...I chose, this time around, to do the cake in stages.
First up, I baked 6 layers of cake. I have a cake recipe that I use for my cupcakes. I did mounds of research when my twins were turning 1 and I have never looked for another recipe. Sorry... I don't share the recipe though. Are you mad? Please don't be.2) of the layers were baked using the Wilton's Dome Pan. This pan would create the look of the bottom of the graduation cap.
I made two of these just incase I messed ONE up. Possibly a waste of cake, but I knew it would be wise for "emergencies."
Then, I made (2) 6" round cakes.
I wasn't sure if I would need this size or not, but I had left over cake batter, so I made them just incase I wanted the cake to have more height. Look how beautiful the baked cake turned out. #flawless
I also made (2) 10" round cakes. If you make your cakes up to a week in advanced, that's perfectly FINE, but you will need to freeze them. BE SURE to wrap them really well. I wrapped them first in regular sarawrap and then I added an extra layer of protection by covering them with the Glad cling wrap. I have to say, all of the research I did on this technique held true. This cake was by far the more moist cake I have EVER eaten. These cakes were made 8 days in advanced and you would NEVER know it.
I wanted the end result to be a surprise, but this handsome bunny really wanted to help me make frosting so bad. At first, I was hesitant because I didn't want him eating it all, but he was SOOOOOO helpful. We made 4 batches in about 22 minutes. NO LIE!
I got my social media friend's recipe, SimplyGoodThings. I made the frosting about 5 days in advanced. You need to follow her on Instagram. Her recipe called for powdered sugar, butter, heavy whipping cream, and vanilla extract. It was by far the best frosting I have ever tried.
I was fearful of the frosting looking yellow because I use butter. I usually use crisco creating a crisp white look. I wanted the cake to be pure white, but SimplyGoodThings said it would still be a nice white color. I also forgot that I was going to be covering the cake in fondant, so it didn't really matter. I made 4 batches of frosting. Necessary? NO! I really only needed about 2-3 batches, but I did know that until NOW. I just couldn't chance running out of frosting during assembly. If you make your frosting in advance, store your frosting in an air tight container, in the back of your refrigerator. This will only last about a week.
I covered them with a cake transporter and put them back into the refrigerator UNTIL I was ready to assemble and decorate with fondant.
When I found this tassle, I squealed so loud in the store that I embarrassed myself. I was thrilled to find a tassle because I didn't want to have to make one out of fondant, but I was also so excited it was the right color... GLENVAR green. Thank you Dollar Tree.
I guess I could have stopped there, but I wanted more detail and of course I like to torture myself with challenges. Why me?The bottom layer was covered in white fondant, pressed with the Cake Boss impression mat, and green candy beads were inserted into each corner of the quilted impression. I just pushed them directly into the fondant. I didn't adhere them with anything. When assembling the cakes together, you will need a few wooden dowels. Insert the dowels into each layer before stacking the cakes. These dowels will hold the cake in place.
Ty was so impressed with how it turned out and that is truly ALL that mattered to me.